Is there a true concern regarding the use of hair dye and malignancy development? A review of the epidemiological evidence relating personal hair dye use to the risk of malignancy

Peter Saitta, Christopher E. Cook, Jane L. Messina, Ronald Brancaccio, Benedict C. Wu, Steven K. Grekin, Jean Holland

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Abstract

Many advances in the cosmetic industry have increased our ability to enhance youth and beauty. Haircoloring products are one such innovation. Over the past several decades, a significant amount of work has been dedicated to understanding the possible long-term side effects associated with hair-dye use, specifically looking at cancer risk. This paper describes the hair-coloring process, highlights the potentially carcinogenic ingredients in various hair-dying products, and reviews the epidemiological evidence relating personal hair-dye use to the risk of developing several types of malignancies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-46
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology
Volume6
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology

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